If you're a fan of Christian metal, you know that what separates Christian metal bands from traditional heavy metal is that they appreciate the good book and the Lord's word. More upbeat and positive than their metal counterparts, Christian metal bands still play heavy metal, but their take on it is what makes them unique. There are separate subgenres of Christian metal, just like secular metal, and the only link between these Christian metal bands are their words. Emerging in the 1970s as a form of evangelism to counteract doom metal, Christian metal has grown over the years and is one of the more popular genres of Christian music.
So, what are the best Christian metal bands? Any list of Christian metal bands has to have the likes of P.O.D., Resurrection Band, Petra, Demon Hunter, Jerusalem, Mortification and Underoath. These are widely regarded as some of the top Christian metal bands and with good reason. Their songs resonate with a large number of fans and these Christian metal bands frequently sell out shows across the world.
That said, it's up to you to determine what are the best Christian metal bands. If you notice that a band is missing from this list, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best christian metal bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest christian metal musician ever?" If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular christian metal bands that you might've heard of.
- 1Disciple is a Christian metal / rock band from Knoxville, Tennessee, formed in 1992.Scars Remain, Horseshoes & Handgrenades
- 2Stryper is an American Christian metal band from Orange County, California. The group's lineup... moreTo Hell With the Devil, Soldiers Under Command
- 3Payable on Death (abbreviated P.O.D.) is an American Christian nu metal band formed in 1992... moreBrown, Testify
- 4Bloodgood is a Christian metal band from Seattle, Washington. Originally formed in 1984 and by... moreBloodgood / Detonation, Rock in a Hard Place / Out of the Darkness
- 5Whitecross is a Christian metal band that formed in 1985 in Waukegan, IL releasing their first... moreUnveiled, Hammer & Nail
- 6Barren Cross is a Christian metal band that was formed in Los Angeles, California in 1983 by... moreAtomic Arena, State of Control
- 7Pillar is a Christian rock band from Tulsa. Following a brief hiatus, four members from the... moreWhere Do We Go from Here, For the Love of the Game
- 8Bride were an American Christian rock band formed in the 1980s, by brothers Dale and Troy... moreShow No Mercy, Snakes in the Playground
- 9Guardian is an American Christian hard rock/metal band. The band has released seven studio... moreBottle Rocket, Miracle Mile
- 10Holy Soldier is a Christian hard rock band from Los Angeles, California.Encore, Promise Man
- 11Fireflight is an American Christian rock band formed in Eustis, Florida in 1999. The band is... moreUnbreakable, The Healing of Harms
- 12Demon Hunter is an American Christian metal band from Seattle, Washington, started in 2000 by... moreThe World Is a Thorn, The Triptych
- 13War of Ages is an American Christian metalcore band formed during the summer of 2002 in Erie,... moreArise & Conquer, War of Ages
- 14Decyfer Down is a Christian rock band formed in 1999 and based in Morehead City, North... moreEnd of Grey, Crash
- 15Theocracy is a Christian progressive power metal band founded in 2002 by Matt Smith of Athens,... moreMirror of Souls, Theocracy
- 16Resurrection Band, also known as Rez Band or REZ, was a Christian rock band formed in 1972.... moreCivil Rites, Ampendectomy
- 17Fit for a King, also known as FFAK, is a Christian metal band from both Dallas and Tyler,... moreCreation | Destruction
- 18Kutless is a Christian rock band from Portland, Oregon formed in 2001. Since their formation,... moreStrong Tower, Hearts of the Innocent
- 19Red (also stylized R3D or RED) is an American Christian rock band from Nashville, Tennessee,... moreRelease the Panic, End of Silence
- 20Deliverance is an American Christian thrash metal band which later shifted more towards heavy... moreAs Above - So Below, Deliverance
- 21Tourniquet is a Christian metal band that was formed in 1989 by Ted Kirkpatrick, Guy Ritter... morePsycho Surgery, Pathogenic Ocular Dissonance
- 22Wolves at the Gate also known as WATG is a Christian metal and post-hardcore band from... moreVxV, Captors
- 23Jerusalem is a Swedish Christian rock band, founded in 1975 by Ulf Christiansson. It was one... moreDancing on the Head of the Serpent, Prophet
- 24Impending Doom is an American Christian deathcore band from Riverside, California. The group... moreThe Serpent Servant, Nailed. Dead. Risen.
- 25Living Sacrifice is a Christian death metal band that formed in September 1989 in Little Rock,... moreNonexistent, Inhabit